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  • SCHEDULE OF EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS January, February, March 2014

    Norton Simon Museum

    411 West Colorado Blvd.

    Pasadena, CA 91105-1825

    (626) 449-6840

    Media Contact

    Leslie Denk

    Director of Public Affairs

    Phone: (626) 844-6941; Fax: (626) 844-6944


    In this Issue Page

    EXHIBITIONS ................................................................................................................ 23

    EVENTS CALENDAR ................................................................................................. 412 Lectures ................................................................................................ 4 Film ......................................................................................................... 5 A Night in Focus ................................................................................. 5 Performance ........................................................................................ 6 Adult Drawing Class ..................................................................... 67 Adult Art-Making Workshop .............................................................7 Afternoon Salons .......................................................................... 78 Guided Tours ................................................................................. 89 Family Events ................................................................................. 911 Teen Arts Academy .......................................................................... 12

    GENERAL MUSEUM INFORMATION .......................................................................... 13

    NOTE: All information is subject to change. Please confirm before publishing.


    OPENING In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas March 28August 25, 2014

    In the Land of Snow is the Museums first large-scale exhibition of

    Himalayan Buddhist art, bringing together exceptional Indian, Nepalese

    and Tibetan Buddhist sculptures along with significant thangka (flat field)

    paintings from throughout the Himalayan region. Almost all of the

    Museums thangkas are on display for this special occasion. A highlight of

    the exhibition is the display of a monumental thangka, measuring over 20

    feet in height, depicting the Buddha of the Future, Maitreya, flanked by the

    Eighth Dalai Lama, Jamphel Gyatso, and his tutor, Yongtsin Yeshe

    Gyaltsen. Painted on silk and presented on an elaborate embroidered

    mounting, the thangka was commissioned by the Eighth Dalai Lama for the

    benefit of his tutor and for the posterity of the Buddhist faith. This is only the second time that this extraordinary

    painting has been on view at the Museum.

    CLOSING Francisco de Goya y Lucientess Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna, on Loan from The Frick Collection, New York December 6, 2013March 3, 2014

    The Norton Simon Museum presents a special installation of the splendid

    portrait of Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna, by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes

    (17461828), on loan from The Frick Collection, New York. Painted

    sometime in the 1790s, this large-scale painting elegantly portrays one of

    Goyas most important clients, and its installation at the Simon marks the

    first time the painting has been on loan to a west coast institution. The

    portrait joins the three other Goya paintings and one drawing on view in

    the Museums permanent collection galleries. And to mark the occasion,

    the Museum also presents a companion exhibition, Unflinching Vision:

    Goyas Rare Prints, which features exceptional examples from the Museums

    substantive collection of Goya etchings and lithographs not regularly on view.

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  • Unflinching Vision: Goyas Rare Prints December 6, 2013March 3, 2014

    In celebration of the rare loan of The Frick Collections Don Pedro, Duque de

    Osuna by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, the Norton Simon Museum

    presents the exhibition Unflinching Vision: Goyas Rare Prints. While the

    majority of the artists prints were published posthumously, this exhibition

    presents a selection of works that Goya himself worked on during his

    lifetime. More than 30 working proofs, trial proofs and published prints

    made under his supervision are on view, as well as a small selection of

    posthumous examples from his later numbered editions. Together, these

    artworks demonstrate Goyas mastery of printmaking, and most

    significantly, his care in meaningfully capturing the spirit of his time.

    Beyond Brancusi: The Space of Sculpture April 26, 2013January 6, 2014 The Norton Simon Museum presents Beyond Brancusi: The Space of

    Sculpture, an exhibition that examines how the great sculptors of the

    20th century were influenced by Constantin Brancusi and his

    groundbreaking use of space and material. Featuring 19 works from the

    Museums renowned collection of post-war art, by sculptors as diverse as

    Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Barbara Hepworth, Donald Judd, Carl

    Andre, John McCracken and Robert Irwin, the exhibition demonstrates

    how sculpture moved from being a self-contained, three-dimensional object

    to one that engages with its surrounding space. In a variety of ways and in a

    variety of materials, including marble, wood, stainless steel, felt or

    Plexiglas, the sculptures on view illustrate some of the most innovative

    moments in art making in the latter half of the 20th century.

    Image credits: Buddha and Adorants on the Cosmic Mountain, India: Kashmir, c. 700, Bronze with silver and copper inlay, The Norton Simon Foundation; Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 17461828, Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna, c. 1790s, Oil on canvas, The Frick Collection, photo: Michael Bodycomb; Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 17461828, Los Caprichos: The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, 1799, Etching, with watercolor, The Norton Simon Foundation; Barbara Hepworth, English, 19031975, Duo, 1973, Marble, Norton Simon Art Foundation, Bowness, Hepworth Estate

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    Unless otherwise stated, all events are free with Museum admission, no reservations are necessary

    and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and FREE

    for members, students with ID and everyone age 18 and under. The first Friday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. is FREE for all visitors. For select lectures and performances, stickering for ensured seating starts one hour prior to the event. Members enjoy early seating.

    Degas Through His Own Eyes: Failing Vision and Changing Styles in an Aging Artist Dr. Michael Marmor, Professor of Ophthalmology, Stanford University Saturday, January 25, 4:005:00 p.m.

    Over the last 40 years of his career, Edgar Degass vision became

    progressively blurred, ultimately to the point where he would have been

    declared legally blind. His pastels became rougher, although his blurred

    vision smoothed over these imperfections in his own view. The Museums

    collection of Degas bronzes shows a similar progression of style. The

    famous Little Dancer has wonderful details, but late in Degass life, his sculptures became rougher, and

    the details of face, hair and hands disappeared. Dr. Marmor reviews the problem of failing vision in

    aging artists and poses the question of whether and how it was a factor in their late styles. By simulating

    the defects of vision, Marmor sheds light on just what the artist could and could not see.

    Presented in the Museums theater.

    Dukes, Duchesses and Commoners: The Values of the Hispanic Cultural Tradition in the Art of Francisco de Goya Dr. Marcus B. Burke, Senior Curator, The Hispanic Society of America Saturday, February 1, 4:005:00 p.m. While the Spanish painter Goya is famous as one of the worlds first great

    modern artists, he is equally celebrated as a quintessentially Spanish

    master. Dr. Burke investigates the ways in which the values of Hispanic

    culture are expressed in the visual arts, and how Goya both celebrated and

    criticized these values in his works.

    Presented in the Museums theater.


    Image credits: Dr. Michael Marmor; Dr. Marcus B. Burke

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  • Blancanieves (2012) Directed by Pablo Berger Friday, January 17, 7:008:45 p.m. In conjunction with Unflinching Vision: Goyas Rare Prints, the Museum

    presents Blancanieves, the Best Film winner of the 2013 Goya Awards,

    Spains main national film award. Known in Spain as los Premios Goya,

    the Goya Awards are named after the artist not only because he is a

    notable representative of Spanish culture, but also because his visual

    concept is very close to film. Blancanieves tells the story of the enchanting

    daughter (played by Sofia Oria as a child and Macarena Garca as an adult)

    of a famed matador (Daniel Gimnez Cacho) who flees her wicked

    stepmother (Maribel Verd) to join a band of bullfighting dwarfs in a Spanish take on the Grimm

    Brothers fairy tale Snow White. Upon learning what has become of her despised stepdaughter, the

    diabolical stepmother prepares to administer a punishment that will break the defiant girls will for good.

    Set in Seville in the 1920s, Blancanieves is a tribute to silent films.

    105 min | Rated PG-13

    Presented in the Museums theater.

    Goya Friday, February 14, 6:009:00 p.m. Join us for a glorious evening looking at one of the worlds most revered artists, Francisco de Goya. The evening begins with an overview by Chief Curator Carol Togneri of the art of Goya in the Norton Simons collections, with a spotlight on Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna, on loan from The Frick Collection. Curator Leah Lehmbeck follows by speaking about the exhibition Unflinching Vision: Goyas Rare Prints, which demonstrates the artists mastery of printmaking and his ability to represent the spirit of his time. Offered throughout the evening are art-making activities that allow artists of all ages to create original works of art. A special wine and tapas menu is available at the caf.



    Image credits: Blancanieves Cohen Media Group; Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 17461828, Los Caprichos: Nobody Knows Himself, c. 1799, Etching with burnished aquatint, The Norton Simon Foundation

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  • Soundscapes of Spain The Odeum Guitar Duo Friday, February 28, 4:005:00 p.m.

    The music of Spain has been deeply influenced by Moorish melodic

    and rhythmic elements. The light and shade of these musical

    soundscapes are most perfectly represented through the voice of the

    Spanish guitar. Spanish composers often created masterpieces to be

    performed by instruments other than the guitar, but all the while, they

    were trying to evoke the sounds and character of the guitar through

    whatever instrument or combination of instruments they were

    composing for. The Odeum Guitar Duo performs masterworks by Granados, Albniz and other gifted

    Spanish composers who used the guitar as the implied voice and divine inspiration for their music.

    Presented in the Museums theater.


    Composition at the Norton Simon Museum Study composition with artist Will Weston. Artists use underlying compositional devices to organize

    elements in a painting and make them easier to read. Most of these devices go unnoticed by viewers

    until they are pointed out, explained and practiced. Using the Museums collections, this workshop

    teaches students to see and understand picture composition, and its role in providing mood,

    atmosphere and narrative in paintings.

    Understanding Basic Composition

    Friday, February 28, 6:308:30 p.m. Working in the Museum galleries, the first class addresses essential elements of composition through a

    gallery tour. Afterward, students make marker studies of the basic compositional drivers from paintings

    in the Museums collections.

    The Uses of Italian and Sectional Perspective Friday, March 7, 6:308:30 p.m. Class participants discuss the strength and weaknesses of two

    perspective systems, and how they are used together in picture

    composition. After the lecture and a demonstration, students have

    time to do simple perspective breakdowns from paintings in the

    Museums collections.


    Image credit: The Odeum Guitar Duo; Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, 16961770), The Triumph of Virtue and Nobility Over Ignorance, c. 174050, Oil on canvas (Ceiling painted for the Palazzo Manin, Venice), The Norton Simon Foundation

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  • Color and Story in Composition Friday, March 21, 6:308:30 p.m. An examination of color strategies in composition and the types of content and narratives that are used

    in picture-making is the focus of this class. Students take a brief tour of the gallery, with discussion of

    the use of color in composition, story structures and additional compositional issues of interest.

    Changing Compositional Strategies in the 19th Century Friday, March 28, 6:308:30 p.m. The final session presents a look at the influence of Japanese prints, the camera and changing social

    structures on 19th-century art. Students complete the course by drawing sketches from the Museums

    collections using what they have learned.

    All levels of experience are welcome. Each class is $20 ($16 for members), and space is limited to 20 participants. All materials and admission to the galleries on the day of class are included. Advance registration is required and can be made at


    Using Contrast for Powerful Charcoal Drawings Sunday, March 2, 11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m. Join artist Jesse Benson for a charcoal-drawing workshop held

    in conjunction with the Museums exhibitions of work by Goya.

    Goyas masterpieces are remarkable studies in the use of

    contrast. In this workshop, participants study contrast shifts in

    Goyas works and explore several charcoal techniques

    designed to use contrast to produce powerful drawings.

    The fee of $30 ($24 for members) includes all materials and admission to the galleries on the day of class. Advance registration is required and can be made at

    Join a museum educator on select Sunday afternoons for a dynamic discussion of art.

    Social Conscience: Goya and the 19th Century Sunday, January 12, 1:002:00 p.m. Known as both the last Old Master and the first modern artist, Goya occupies a singular place in the

    history of art. Consider the genius of Goya by examining the brilliance of his paintings and the critical

    nature of his prints. Then discuss how Goya influenced the 19th-century artists by looking at works by

    Courbet and Manet.


    Image credit: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 17461828, Los Proverbios - Los Disparates: Where There's a Will There's a Way: A Way of Flying: A Way of Flying, 1864, Etching with aquatint, The Norton Simon Foundation

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  • What Makes Degas Modern? Sunday, February 9, 1:002:00 p.m. Degas is typically regarded as an Impressionist painter, but throughout his career, he explored complex

    aspects of tradition and modernity. Examine the modern approach in subject, technique, composition

    and contemporary attitudes that link Degas with the 20th century.

    Modern Rebels: The Invention of Modernist Painting, from Manet to

    Czanne to Picasso Sunday, March 9, 1:002:00 p.m. Modernist artists sought to reinstate the mediums primary condition: the flat

    surface, the shape of the support, the properties of the pigment. The

    pioneering, modernist character of Manets realist works, Czannes post-

    Impressionist paintings, and Picassos cubist canvases are the topic of

    discussion. Consider to what extent these artists formal tendencies and

    choices of subject matter constituted particularly modern practices.


    Please note that space is limited to 25 participants. Sign up at the Information Desk no later than

    15 minutes prior to the tour.

    Highlights of the Collection Friday, January 3, 6:007:00 p.m. and 7:008:00 p.m. Goya and the Spanish Enlightenment Saturday, January 4, 1:002:00 p.m. A Focus on Art of the Baroque Saturday, January 11, 1:002:00 p.m.

    The Fashionable 18th Century Saturday, January 18, 1:002:00 p.m. Chola Bronzes: Glory and Power of the Gods Saturday, January 25, 1:002:00 p.m. All About Form: Masterworks of Sculpture Sunday, January 26, 1:002:00 p.m. Revolutionary Painting: A Dialogue between Modern Politics and Modern Art (17891922) Saturday, February 1, 1:002:00 p.m. Highlights of the Collection Friday, February 7, 6:007:00 p.m. and 7:008:00 p.m.

    Image credits: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 18811973), Woman with Mandolin, 1925, Oil on canvas, Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase, 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Reproduction; Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vige-Lebrun (French, 17551842), Portrait of Theresa, Countess Kinsky, 1793, Oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation

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  • One if by Land, Two if by Sea: Landscapes and Seascapes in the Norton Simon Museum Saturday, February 8, 1:002:00 p.m. Repositioned: Changes in the 19th-Century Wing Saturday, February 15, 1:002:00 p.m. Grand Tales: The Narrative in Art Saturday, February 22, 1:002:00 p.m.

    Highlights of the Collection: Art of the 14th to 16th Centuries Sunday, February 23, 1:002:00 p.m. A Focus on Goya: Paintings and Prints Saturday, March 1, 1:002:00 p.m. Norton Simon the Collector Friday, March 7, 6:007:00 p.m. and 7:008:00 p.m. The Development of Abstraction and Minimalism in 20th-Century Art Saturday, March 8, 1:002:00 p.m. All in a Day: Pictures of 17th-Century Dutch Art Saturday, March 15, 1:002:00 p.m.

    Flights of Fancy: Depicting Movement or the Passage of Time Saturday, March 22, 1:002:00 p.m. Highlights of the Collection: Looking at Italian Art Saturday, March 29, 1:002:00 p.m. Portraying Ideals: A Study in Allegory and Symbolism Sunday, March 30, 1:002:00 p.m.

    Infinite Line Saturday, January 25, 12:302:30 p.m. Paul Klee once stated, A line is a dot that went for a walk. Inspired by

    this quotation, explore the Norton Simon collections and study the

    various ways in which artists throughout history have used line, shape

    and value to create their masterpieces. Then experiment with a variety

    of drawing techniques to create your own masterpiece with artist Seda


    This activity is designed for families with children ages 812. The course is free, and space is limited to 20 participants. All materials are provided. Advance registration is required and can be made at


    Image credits: Liubov Popova (Russian, 18891924), The Traveler, 1915, Oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation; Paul Klee (Swiss, 18791940), Possibilities at Sea, 1932, Encaustic and sand on canvas, Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection, 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn Reproduction

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  • Notable Accessories Saturday, February 15, 1:003:00 p.m.

    In Doa Francisca Vicenta Chollet y Caballero by, the splendor of Doa Franciscas dress and

    headpiece is nearly overshadowed by her dogs flamboyant collar. Design your own accessories

    inspired by the pair.

    Meaningful and Decorative Frames

    Saturday, March 8, 1:003:00 p.m.

    Indian sculptures like Jina Ajitanatha and His Divine Assembly and Krishna

    Fluting in Brindavan are often surrounded by elaborate framing devices. These

    frames frequently depict part of a story, and are typically both decorative and

    meaningful. Create your own sculptural frame as inspired by examples in the

    Museum, and use it to frame pictures of your own choosing.

    Recommended for families with children ages 410.

    Exploring Portraiture

    Friday, January 10, 6:307:30 p.m. When Goya painted Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna, Don Pedro was known as one of Spains wealthiest

    and most talented noblemen. He was also one of Goyas most faithful patrons, and here the artist

    shows him as a confident and intelligent man commanding both respect and admiration. Draw your own

    portrait, keeping in mind what you would like people to know about your subject.

    Assembling Landscapes

    Friday, February 7, 6:307:30 p.m. Jacob van Ruisdael was one of the most famous Dutch landscape

    painters of the 17th century. In Three Great Trees in a Mountainous

    Landscape with a River, Ruisdael combines trees, hills and rivers

    drawn from nature in a pleasing composition of his own invention.

    Create your own landscape using elements from the landscape

    paintings in the galleries.



    Image credits: Jina Ajitanatha and His Divine Assembly, India: Gujarat, 1062, White marble with traces of pigment, Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Jennifer Jones Simon; Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch, 1628/91682), Three Great Trees in a Mountainous Landscape with a River, c. 166570, Oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation

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  • Telling a Story in Pictures/Pictorial Narratives Friday, March 21, 6:307:30 p.m. Both Jacopo Bassanos The Flight into Egypt and Guariento di

    Arpos Coronation of the Virgin Altarpiece use elements like

    pattern, space and movement to tell a story in pictures. Join us

    at the Museum as we create our own narrative art.

    Recommended for families with children ages 610.

    Creative Coloring

    Sunday, January 5, 2:003:00 p.m. Sunday, January 26, 2:003:00 p.m. Artists like Monet ignored conventional notions of color and chose to paint what they saw in nature,

    often with surprising results. Listen to a story about a little girl who learns this lesson for herself, and

    then let it inspire your own creatively colored landscape.

    Paintings in Dialogue

    Sunday, February 2, 2:003:00 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 2:003:00 p.m. What would it be like if characters from different paintings could interact? Listen

    to a story about paintings interacting in a museum gallery, and then make up

    your own story or picture about works of art in the Norton Simon galleries.

    Perhaps Van Goghs Patience Escalier would like to take a walk in Monets

    garden at Vtheuil, or Gauguins Tahitian woman and boy would like to dance

    with Degass dancers at the Paris Opera. You decide!

    Imagined Jungles

    Sunday, March 2, 2:003:00 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2:003:00 p.m. Henri Rousseau is known for his paintings of far-away landscapes and exotic animals, but he found his

    inspiration at home in the local botanical gardens and zoo. Spend an afternoon in the galleries looking

    at Rousseaus Exotic Landscape and learning about his story. Then use your imagination to make your

    own jungle scene.

    Recommended for families with children ages 48.


    Image credits: Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte) (Italian, 15101592), The Flight into Egypt, c. 154445, Oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation; Paul Gauguin (French, 18481903), Tahitian Woman and Boy, 1899, Oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon

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    Exploring Color

    Saturday, February 8, 1:004:00 p.m. Sunday, February 9, 1:004:00 p.m.

    Goya mastered value and tone to evoke powerful imagery through his

    etchings and paintings. Spend a weekend with artist Sofia Mas developing

    a technical understanding and application of color values and composition

    through pencil and oil pastel drawings.

    The two-day course is free, and space is limited to 18 participants. All materials are provided. Advance registration is required and can be

    made at /events.

    Image credit: Teen Arts Academy student, photo by Ramona Trent Norton Simon Museum 12 Winter 2014


    LOCATION: 411 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, California 91105 Located on the corner of Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevards at the

    intersection of the Foothill 210 and Ventura 134 freeways. Parking is free.

    HOURS: Open every day except Tuesday, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday.


    The Museum is closed on January 1.

    ADMISSION: $10.00 for adults; $7.00 for seniors; free for Museum members, students with ID, and patrons 18 and under. The first Friday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. is free for all visitors.

    CONTACT: Call (626) 449-6840 or visit


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